Austin Romine hasn’t been participating in spring training for the past couple of days because of a sore back, but an MRI revealed that he has inflammation in back and he could miss more time than expected, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
“When it first happened, he told me that it wasn’t too bad,” Joe Girardi said. “I think it hurt a little bit more than he let on.”
“He’ll be down a little bit, but he’ll get back,” Girardi said. “We’re going to make sure it’s knocked out before we send him back out there. The one thing we don’t want to do is give him some time out, then you send him back out and he’s not completely healthy. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
There wasn’t a big chance that Romine could make the team out of spring training without an injury to somebody, but this certainly hurts his slim chances. Romine, who was only promted to Triple-A last season after Jesus Montero was promoted to the majors in September, will likely spend this entire season in the minors and will be a more realistic option for next season.
At one point it seemed like he was an option to be the future starting catcher in the Bronx, but a few mediocre minor league seasons later and that appears less likely. With a big year in Triple-A this season he could change that perception though. Russell Martin is in his final year before free agency and that will certainly play a big role in Romine’s future with the club as well.